The Student Bioethics Forum

A collaborative dialogue at Princeton University

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Schedule for the conference

The Princeton Student Bioethics Forum is excited to announce its annual Conference this Saturday November 12th, during which a select group of undergraduate students from Princeton and other top universities across the US have been invited to campus to present their papers on a variety of cutting-edge Bioethical issues. Topics will include controversial issues such as abortion, the debate over legalized euthanasia, the ethics of health insurance, and eugenics.

President Shirley Tilghman will be giving the keynote address at 11am to kick off a full and varied day of student presentations. Presentations will be 30 minutes per student, broken into a 15-minute paper presentation and a 15-minute question and answer session.

Universities Attending:

Breakfast from Panera, lunch from Olives and dinner from Mehek will be provided free for all Conference attendees.

Schedule of Events:

10:15 am – 10:50 am: Meet and Greet over Breakfast *

10:50 am – 11:00 am: Welcome Address

11:00 am – 11:45 am: Keynote Address by Dr. Shirley Tilghman, President, Princeton University – The Ethics of Irrational Exuberance: Overpromising in Science

11:45 am – 12:15 pm: Lily Pham '12 (Duke)– Neuroethical Considerations of Nootropics

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm: Ban Wang '12 (Johns Hopkins)– Ethics Behind Health Insurance: Is Reliance on Employer-Based Insurance Just?

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch**

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Santiago Molina '12 (University of Chicago)– The Evolution and Principles of Informed Consent in Population Genetics

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Sophia Jih '12 (Princeton)– Abortion: The Dual Debate

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Harry Chalmers '12 (Centre College)– Toward a More Open Future For All: Making a Case for Positive Eugenics

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Natasha Mehta '12 (UVA)– The Pursuit of Genetic Interventions to Prevent Gene-Based Disabilities: Morally Obligatory or Objectionably Impermissible?

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Afternoon Break

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Raafay Syed '12 (Johns Hopkins)– The Hard Case: Enrolling Dementia Patients in High-Risk, No-Benefit Research

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Taylor Purvis '12 (Yale)– Comfort in the Face of Death: A Comparative Analysis of Aid-in-Dying Policies in the United States, the Netherlands, and Switzerland

5:00 pm – 5:15 pm: Closing Remarks

5:15 pm – 6:30 pm: Dinner**

*Breakfast will be served in the Art Museum Lobby outside McCormick Hall 101. **Lunch and Dinner will be served in Whig Hall.